It took more than $1.5 million, but financier Marc Bell turned science fiction into reality at his Boca Raton, Fla., home.
Bell, managing partner of Marc Bell Capital, created a home theater in the image of the bridge on the USS Enterprise, the spaceship featured on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” a TV series that ran from 1987 to 1994.
“Everything you see in the room is custom, down to the little architectural details,” says Bell, who is 48 years old.
Trekkies will recognize the show’s wooden “horn,” a wraparound control center often manned by Worf on the series, which in Bell’s theater includes a touch-screen control panel that he uses to manage everything from the theater’s lighting to what’s on the high-definition projector. The ceiling is lighted by a “starfield” — hundreds of fiber-optic lights that, according to Bell, “twinkle at different frequencies depending how far away they are.” Eight of the 11 custom leather chairs recline into beds. The doors that open into the theater are exact replicas of the turbolift doors on the show. Step on the circular “transporter,” and they open with the same “whoosh” sound fans will recognize from the series.
Bell’s collection of Star Trek memorabilia — which he estimates to be valued at $1 million — includes original costumes, starship models used for special effects and the ears worn by Leonard Nimoy’s Spock character. Many of the keepsakes are displayed in what the homeowner calls the “ready room,” a reference to Captain Picard’s office in the series. Located just outside the theater, the room serves as a sci-fi-themed display area, lounge and candy bar. “There’s every candy you can imagine — from Twizzlers to Milk Duds to Sour Patch Kids to Sno Caps,” he said.